Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and Alex Corbisiero take on the Castres challenge © www.redhatphoto.com
Rugby News Mallinder calls on supporters to make noise when Ospreys come to town
Jim Mallinder says that the Northampton Saints supporters can play a full part in helping the team succeed on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the Heineken Cup.
Saints host the Ospreys in what is an important clash for both teams, who both earned losing bonus points from their respective results against Castres and Leinster.
But while Saints travelled to the home of the French champions, Ospreys lost on home soil to Leinster. Captain Alun Wyn Jones did not hide his anger at the Liberty Stadium and with a squad full of British and Irish Lions and Six Nations winners Mallinder knows that it is not going to be an easy ride in Round 2.
“Ospreys are a good side,” he told SaintsTV. “They’ve got a front five full of internationals and quality throughout the team. It’s going to be a massive challenge for us, but that’s why we want to play in a competition like this.
“We’ve got a point from Castres, and we’ll take that point, but then we’re going to work on the things we need to work on and be massively up for next week because you need to win at home.”
Tickets have been selling well for the game, but the director of rugby says that a packed Franklin’s Gardens will give the team an added impetus, especially following the vocal backing given by the travelling supporters in France.
“The fans were fantastic,” he added. “When you walk around Castres and see so many of them coming out to support the team it’s absolutely brilliant. We heard them really getting behind the team and we need a massive turnout from them.
“Everyone loves their European rugby and hopefully they’ll turn out in force next Sunday, really get behind the team and make a lot of noise. And we need as a team to put on a good performance for them.”
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